The newly-formed Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, established by fiddler Jeanne Freeman, will host an Open House on Sunday, January 13, from 1-3 p.m. at 431 Hartford Avenue in Wethersfield. All are welcome to stop by to obtain more information, see the space, and meet some of the instructors. Registrations will also be accepted at that time for those that would like to sign up that day.
The Academy seeks to encourage young people and adults to explore the joys of learning and playing traditional Irish and Celtic music. Group lessons will be offered on a variety of instruments to children and adults for a 12-week session on Sunday afternoons at the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts in Old Wethersfield. Classes begin on Sunday, January 27.
Courses will be offered from outstanding and experienced musicians at both the beginner and intermediate/advanced levels on a variety of traditional instruments, including: fiddle, tin whistle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, concertina, and button accordion.
There will also be opportunities for students to play in mixed-instrument groups, including a youth ceili band and a mixed- instrument session led by an instructor. The Academy is pleased to announce that seven-time All-Ireland Champion and recording artist John Whelan will serve as the Artist-in-Residence, and will work with the youth ceili band with a goal of competing in regional and All-Ireland competitions.
Registration is now open and continues through January. For more information and to register, please contact Director Jeanne Freeman at (860) 810-4852, or visit: http://www.jeannefreemanmusic.com/connecticutacademyofirishmusic.